- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - A scary injury to Wichita State forward Anton Grady overshadowed a big win for Alabama.

Shannon Hale scored 20 points and Riley Norris added 12 as Alabama upset No. 20 Wichita State 64-60 in the consolation round of the AdvoCare Invitational on Friday.

The game was delayed with 3:07 left in the second half when Grady fell face-first on the court. He was strapped to a backboard, taken off on a stretcher and transported to a hospital.

“Anton is alert and awake and talking,” Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. “He has feeling in his extremities but he can’t move.”

Marshall said Grady was conscious while being treated on the court.

“Seeing your brother on the court like that, it’s more than a game at that point,” teammate Ron Baker said. “It’s life.”

“Our prayers are with him,” Norris said.

It was first time Alabama (3-2) beat a Top 25 team on a neutral court since Nov. 29, 2009, a 68-66 victory over then No. 15 Michigan.

“This was a team victory,” Alabama coach Avery Johnson. “I’m proud of them.”

Wichita State (2-3) lost its second straight invitational game without senior guard Fred VanVleet, who missed his third consecutive game overall due to ankle and hamstring injuries. He twisted his ankle in the season opener Nov. 13 against Charleston Southern and then was limited by hamstring soreness four days later in a game with Tulsa.

“Disappointing,” Marshall said. “I thought we had a chance again, a lead midway through the second half and didn’t finish. It’s been the same story in all three of our losses.”

Hale made one of two free throws to make it 62-60 with 36 seconds left. After Wichita State failed to score on its next possession, Norris secured the win with two from the foul line.

Alabama went ahead 58-55 with 5 minutes left on 3’s by Hale and Norris in the back-and forth game.

After Norris hit a 3 during a 9-1 Alabama surge, Markis McDuffie tied it with a trey and another long-range jumper from Baker gave Wichita State a 55-52 advantage with 8 minutes remaining.

Baker had 15 points.

Baker had a 3-pointer during a 7-2 run that put Wichita State up 48-43 with 12 minutes to play.

Hale had 12 points as Alabama took a 32-30 lead at the half.

The Crimson Tide made 8 of 9 free throws over the final 3 minutes of the half.

TIP-INS

Wichita State: The Shockers have never gone 0-3 in a tourney. … Wichita State dropped into the consolation round after losing 72-69 to USC on Thursday.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide played a ranked opponent in consecutive non-conference games for the first time since Nov. 2001 when they took on fifth-ranked Missouri and No. 12 Memphis. … Alabama lost 64-45 to No. 23 Xavier on Thursday.

NUMBERS GAME

Alabama made 25 of 33 free throws, compared to Wichita State going 12 of 18. … There were 42 fouls and just two fast break points.

UP NEXT

Alabama: Will play the winner of No. 17 Notre Dame-Iowa in Sunday’s fifth-place game.

Wichita State: Closes out the tourney in Sunday’s seventh-place game against the Notre Dame-Iowa loser.

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